The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) deadline is March 31 for submitting and certifying the new EEO-1 survey application for 2017 reporting. The 2017 EEO-1 report will require employers to submit new employment data on race, ethnicity, sex, by job category based on a payroll period in October, November or December 2017, chosen by the employer as the basis for the information to be included in the report.

The 2017 EEO-1 Report should be completed by private companies with 100 or more employees. Federal contractors and first-tier subcontractors with at least 50 employees and with at least $50,000 in contracts should file the EEO-1 Report, as should financial institutions and government depositories with 50 employees or more. Private employers with less than 100 employees may also be required to file if their association or common ownership with another company results in the joint entities having a total of collective total of 100 employees.

To determine if your company is required to file an EEO-1 Report, click here.

The Employer Information Report EEO-1, otherwise known as the EEO-1 Report, is required to be filed with the EEOC’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee comprised of the EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

The EEOC says it prefers that companies file their information online using the new 2017 application. The new application has new features, such as being able to add or delete establishment locations, and reset or create new passwords.

For the 2017 reporting, the EEOC says that the requirement for providing the employer identification number (EIN) for each establishment location will be more carefully monitored. Company establishments with same address, NAICS Code and EIN must be combined into one establishment record. For 2017, The EEOC is providing employers the flexibility to report employees working at client sites either by using the client site address or using the office address of the employer.

The EEOC says that employers should not re-submit information from the 2016 EEO-1 report, as had been reported last year.

It’s important to file the EEO-1 Report. Contractors failing to file could see their federal contracts terminated and could be prevented from competing for future federal contracts.

More information on the 2017 EEO-1 Report can be found by clicking here.

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